The Likud on Thursday announced that it was withdrawing a petition to the Jerusalem District Court against the V15 organization, after failing to find a "smoking gun" linking V15 to the Zionist Camp or another leftist party.
Justice Zvi Segal accepted the request and cancelled the petition. On Wednesday, Segal had recommended that the Likud pull its petition, saying there was little evidence to prove a link between V15 and leftist parties.
The Likud said in a statement it was withdrawing the petition after taking the court’s comments into account, but also demanded that the authorities continue the investigation into the alleged connection between V15 and leftist parties.
In a dramatic press conference several weeks ago, Likud MKs presented what they said was evidence that V15 is working with non-Israeli interests to swing the election toward Labor-Hatnua chairpersons Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni.
According to Likud MKs who spoke at the press conference, the project is headed by several former Obama campaign managers aimed at unseating Likud and installing a left-wing government in its place.
According to reports, V15 is led by, among others, Jeremy Bird, who was the national field director for U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. V15 is also backed by a the leftist One Voice organization, which receives money from the New Israel Fund, which raises most of its money in the US and Europe.
V15 has admitted it is seeking a change in government but has denied it has any connection to any political bodies.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said last week he will not issue an injunction against V15, explaining that most of the activities listed in the Likud's complaints do not fall under the aegis of the law against foreign intervention in Israeli elections that the Likud cited in its complaint.